CIOCAN: Fireside chat with BlackBerry CEO John Chen

November 22, 2021 (12:30 PM - 1:30 PM) (EST)


On November 22nd, CIOCAN will host a Fireside Chat with John Chen, Executive Chairman and CEO of BlackBerry and Philippe Johnston, CIO, National Research Council Canada and CIOCAN National President.

This session will be a candid, 30-minute exchange and a rare opportunity to learn about the incredible innovation journey of one of Canada’s most iconic companies, directly from John Chen.

At the helm of BlackBerry since November 2013, John has led a successful expansion of BlackBerry’s platform from its mobile heritage to a global presence in IoT cybersecurity and enterprise productivity software.

In this one-on-one session, you’ll hear about: 

  • John Chen’s unique and visionary leadership 
  • How he simultaneously drives major changes in strategy and maintains execution momentum
  • The future of cybersecurity & connectivity, for the enterprise and IoT
  • The evolving cyber threat landscape
  • How government and Canadian CIOs can address IT emerging challenges

Reserve the date, and join us for the industry trends, personal insights, and lessons learned from an experienced, global business leader and stay for a peer-to-peer networking session of IT leadership.

John Chen

John Chen

Executive Chairman and Chief Executive Officer
BlackBerry Limited

John Chen is Executive Chairman of BlackBerry’s Board of Directors and Chief Executive Officer. Under John’s leadership, BlackBerry has achieved financial stability and built growth engines in enterprise and  IoT security and productivity.

A distinguished and proven leader in the technology industry. Prior to joining BlackBerry, John served as Chairman and CEO of Sybase Inc. from 1998 for 15 years, where he developed and led the company’s re-invention from a mature, slower-growth technology company into a $1.5 billion-plus high-growth innovator. Under his direction, Sybase became the leading provider of enterprise mobility and mobile commerce solutions, achieving 55 consecutive quarters of profitability.

John previously held a series of executive positions at Siemens Nixdorf, Pyramid Technology Corp., Unisys and Burroughs Corp, where he started his career as an engineer.

He graduated from Brown University magna cum laude with a bachelor's degree in electrical engineering and holds a master's in electrical engineering from California Institute of Technology. 

He is actively involved in international relations and has testified before Congress on U.S.–China trade relations.

John served on the board of directors for The Walt Disney Company, the New York Stock Exchange’s listing advisory committee and Wells Fargo & Co. He is active in the not-for-profit community, and is also a trustee of Caltech, member of CFR, national trustee of The First Tee and Governor of the San Francisco Symphony. 


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